Long-Stem Buttercup
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Long-Stem Buttercup
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Long-Stem Buttercup
Botanical name: Ranunculus pulchellus var. longicaulis    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Synonyms: Ranunculus longicaulis

Long-Stem Buttercup is a beautiful wildflower characterized by small yellow buttercup flowers atop tall almost bare stems. It is an erect plant up to 30 cm high, not rooting at nodes, hairless to adpressed hairy. Leaves are entire, lanceshaped-elliptic, on distinct stalks. Upper leaves are stalkless, nearly lanceshaped, absolutely entire. Flowers are yellow, up to 1 cm across. Underdeveloped petals about 7 mm long, only little longer than the about 5 mm long sepals. Long-Stem Buttercup is found in Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh (Pangi, Spiti Valley), Sikkim and Pakistan, at altitudes of 3000-4600 m. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Nubra Valley, Ladakh.

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